What American Women Did, 1789–1920

A Year-by-Year Reference


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About the Book

This reference book chronicles what American women did from the emergence of the republic through the end of World War I and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. A broad spectrum of activities are depicted, showing their many accomplishments and how their activities affected the world around them. It was an era of great transition for all women.
A who’s who of American women and some men (those who showed great support or, ironically, great opposition to women’s reform) are described one year at a time, beginning with 1789 and ending with 1920. Each year’s activities are organized into seven possible categories: domesticity, work, education, religion, the arts, the law and politics, and joining forces. The book is thoroughly indexed.

About the Author(s)

Linda Miles Coppens is an independent scholar who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her doctorate is in geography; with a history specialization; and she has worked as an archivist. Her current research is on the classicist Edith Hamilton.

Bibliographic Details

Linda Miles Coppens
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 271
Bibliographic Info: 67 photos, tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2001]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3245-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0551-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

What American Women Did, 1789-1920      3

Appendix: Tables      223

Notes      231

Bibliography      241

Index      247

Book Reviews & Awards

“comprehensive view of the impact women had on national life…recommended”—Booklist; “an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index…written in an easy-to-read conservational style…reference that, while valuable as a research tool for reports, many readers will want to read cover to cover for the story that it reveals about the accomplishments of women through the years”—ARBA; “a wide assortment of activities and personal endeavors…useful”—School Library Journal; “a must-have…thoroughly indexed…straightforward style”—Public Library Quarterly; “valuable…provides more depth [than the competition]…unique”—Feminist Collections; “a very thorough index…recommended”—Reference Reviews; “clear”—Choice.